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Jakarta Post

Accusations fly as Megawati chastises party cadres

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 11, 2020   /  09:03 am
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Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the fifth PDI-P congress in Sanur, Bali, on Aug. 8.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

While beginning a national gathering on Friday, the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) found itself at the center of a corruption scandal and faced allegations that it had abused its power to ensure a seat in the House of Representatives for one of its favored members. The seat previously belonged to PDI-P politician Nazarudin Kiemas but was left empty after his death in March 2019. The largest party in the House and a major supporter of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the PDI-P now stands accused of funneling money to General Elections Commission (KPU) member Wahyu Setiawan with the aim of influencing the KPU to choose legislative candidate Harun Masiku as a replacement — even though he had garnered fewer votes than other party hopefuls in the April legislative election. PDI-P chief Megawati Soekarnoputri unleashed her fury in the open...